The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently provided an update from FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn M.D. and Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas on the forthcoming New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint (Blueprint), which will outline the agency’s strategy to create “a more digital, traceable, and safer food system” over the next decade. In a statement published online, the Agency states the Blueprint will be released “in the coming weeks.” FDA also explains that the Blueprint was days away from being released in March, but was delayed by the shift in focus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since then, FDA has revised the Blueprint in light of the lessons learned during the pandemic. In the statement, FDA explains that COVID-19 “has accelerated the need” for some measures addressed in the Blueprint.